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Memories of Mom

May 12, 2013

by David Morgan handmade and vintage goods

On Mother’s Day (and all days), I’m grateful for the many gifts that my mother has given me — and that she’s always fostered my creative spirit. A few weeks ago, we asked our Facebook and Instagram followers to share their favorite crafting memories. Many fond creative moments happened under the watchful eye of a mother or grandmother.

There were stories of being grandma’s little helper:

“[I remember being] a little girl, playing under my grandmother’s quilting frame. As she got to the stitchery in the middle of the quilt, she pushed the needle from the top, [then] I’d grab it and push the needle back through the quilt to her from underneath. That’s how we would tack and stitch the top of the quilt to the back. I’d help her for hours like that in the summer.” — Craft Inlightenment

…and of moms and grandmoms being little helpers, in return:

“[I remember] hand-sewing clothes for my Barbie doll with my grandma when I was a little girl. She taught me so much. [I] loved it when she opened her scrap fabric drawer in that big chest of drawers and picked something special.” — Charlotte of Domestic Heaven

Many people shared memories of crafting lessons that made memorable impressions:

“[I remember] learning to crochet from my mom and grandma. We would sit in the livingroom in a sunny spot. I could smell the lunch cooking in the kitchen, and they used to say to me, ‘Come, dear, today we crochet.’ [Those were] such happy times to me.” — Hanlie

“[I remember] watching my mom sandblast wooden name signs while I watched. I was not involved, but this need to craft and do things with her hands definitely was passed on through moments like these.” — Erin of KBPaperCreations 

…projects that honored cherished memories:

“When I made a scrapbook for my grandmother’s 85th birthday. She loved it and would look at it all the time. It was so nice to be able to put something together for her about her life.” — Nikki Marie Hamilton

…and cherished moments that create them:

“When Reagan (my daughter) and I sit and create. She is a teenager now, so crafting with her has almost stopped entirely now. She is too cool a cat to craft with mom. When she does agree to craft with me, my heart thumps and I totally enjoy it!” — Pearle of PearlesPainting

No matter how old we are, the impressions of our mothers and grandmothers continue to shape our passions. Tell us: what is your favorite crafting memory?


  • ArigigiPixel

    Gina from ArigigiPixel said 7 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day! It's great idea to share old photos with moms and others women! At this moment I'm thinking about all the women who have so much maternal to itself but unfortunately have no chance to have their own children. One such woman looked out for me when I was little and passed on me a love for the needle and thread.

  • blueroompottery

    Marietta from blueroompottery said 7 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day to all! xox

  • LAccentNou

    Anastasia from LAccentNou said 7 years ago

    Such touching memories... Happy mother's day! :)

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 7 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day!!!

  • BrianaEdelmanDesigns

    Briana from FoxburyAndCo said 7 years ago

    That photo from Modshop is perfection! My mother's craftiness? She mixes magical, anti aging facial cream potions in her kitchen!

  • SportsIntimates

    Ellen from SportsIntimates said 7 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day. To all my fellow crafters and suppliers.

  • AKingsThings

    Pamela King from AKingsThings said 7 years ago

    Great tribute to the power of being a Mom. Always guiding by love and examples...make them they are more lasting than you think!

  • materialrat

    Margarita Rat from PackRatJewelry said 7 years ago

    I adore that photo from Modshop. That woman is amazingly beautiful! I remember my mom made cloth for my Barbie dolls. She designed, sewed and knitted different models which we discuss together and drew together. Happy Mother's Day to all!!

  • rebekahbuchholz1

    Rebekah from FallingRaindrops said 7 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day!

  • subcultureswirl

    subcultureswirl from bowsanarrows said 7 years ago

    From my mother I learned how to wield a glue gun, paint brush, staple gun, etc. crafting anything and everything. Imagination abounds. From my maternal grandmother I learned to use a needle and thread, sewing machine, patterns, and of course fabric scissors which are not to be used to cut anything else- ever! From my paternal grandmother and maternal great grandmother I learned the love of yarn and crotchet. While I realized this after they both had passed, I know this piece of my crafty soul comes from them. How blessed we all are to have/had women like these in our lives! I am thankful EVERY day. <3

  • kristydodder

    Kristy from NanaBettysHouse said 7 years ago

    My Mum would cook clean sew look after 3 children & run the family business all on her own no child care then we had amazing birthday cakes always doing craft & horse riding sports fun family holidays she has passed all this old fashioned ways down to me as now I realised I do just the same thanks mum..

  • songspinner

    songspinner said 7 years ago

    My mother's insatiable curiosity about all things and her ability to turn her hand to anything is a constant inspiration to me. Her craft room ( like the study and the garage and the garden shed) was a treasure trove of all sorts of items: Buttons, ribbons, feathers, a rainbow of fabrics; machines and gadgets too many to list; all the art supplies under the sun...and if ever I wanted to try something, she always shared her kit, her time, her skill and her boundless enthusiasm. I am so glad I had that. Bless all those who are mothers or who love someone like a mother - today and all days.

  • lcarlsonjewelry

    Liesl Carlson from lcarlsonjewelry said 7 years ago

    What marvelous stories! I learned to knit from my grandmother. And still do, although she will always be better then me, even at 97!!! I only do it so I do not forget and we will always share that. Happy Mothers to all!!!!

  • OrlyZeelon

    Orly Zeelon-Nadler from OrlyZeelon said 7 years ago

    my Granny had a Craft shop in Brasil; before she came to israel. i used to see all those bedcovers she cross stiched and embroidered all the years and for my 5th birthday she bought me my first embroidery kit to "stich on the lines". I have been stiching ever since. My Mom did not / could not hold a needle as she always says, but she was a painter and has tought me the use of colors, so i got all the ' baggage' i needed to start my designing career. My granny died of an ilness 32 years ago, but she lives in my memory and i think of her often and of her contirubtion to my craft. It is great that some one thought of a day of gratitude towords our mothers of all generations.

  • JoyceAlice2

    JoyceAlice from JoyceAlice2 said 7 years ago

    My mother was the most important influence in my life. She was a storyteller and an artist. I have countless memories. The smell of turpentine in her studio, the smudges of oil paint everywhere, the paper dolls she made for me and my sister, the children's books she wrote and illustrated and read to us, the bedtime stories she made up herself. I still remember our favorite story, we would always beg for another "Geraldine and Scott Fitzgerald" story, about twins whose parents were reported killed (but in the end they came back) and were sent to live with their rich but crusty grandfather in a mansion with SECRET PASSAGEWAYS. Each story was a different adventure. My mom loved roses and pink was her favorite color. Today I will take some pink roses to her grave, and sit and remember what she gave me. A wonderful childhood and my faith as to where creativity comes from --- God, the Creator of all things.

  • NicolasKnitKnacks

    Nicola and Jessica Belton from CelticKnittingCo said 7 years ago

    Happy mothers day!!!

  • PaperThyme

    Arlene and Emily from PaperThyme said 7 years ago

    This article brought back so many memories of my mom for me. She sat for hours sewing clothes for my sister and I and she taught me how to sew which has always been such a great gift to me. She also made all my dolls clothes. We made doll furniture out of tin cans and beaded flowers and she made me a beautiful bassinet for my doll. I will always cherish these memories and thank her for the gift of teaching me a love of making handmade things. My three talented children all have inherited a talent for creative endeavors. A part of her lives on in all of us. Happy Mother's Day!

  • uatm

    Alison from OnceUponACraft4U said 7 years ago

    I remember spending quality time with my mom, helping her cut coupons, grocery shopping (I was always good at guesstimating the total cost, to help her keep to the budget)... I love you mom <3

  • Sangaris80

    Sangaris80 from SangarisDesigns said 7 years ago

    Happy Mothers Day to all!

  • CheriesArtsnCrafts

    Cherie from CheriesArtsnCrafts said 7 years ago

    My mom is the most wonderful, influential, beautiful, intelligent and fun person I know! She loves her flower garden, yard sales, fishing, crocheting, putting puzzles together, her cats. I swear she knows everything! She just never ceases to amaze me! She has been through so much in her life time, handled so much with grace and dignity. Even though she has back trouble now, I still think of her as that gal who worked hard, strong and so in shape. We, as children, never knew of anything but warmth, security, love, fabulous meals, even if it was pancakes for supper, mom did it all and always had such a sweet and happy disposition. The first thing I think of when I think of mom is her laughter, the sound of her laugh, the best sound in the world! She has taught me so much, she is such a neat woman and such a dear best friend! I am Blessed! Love you mom!

  • buffalogirls

    Ludmilla from buffalogirls said 7 years ago

    I remember my mom standing on the balcony in front of an easel, pregnant with my younger sister, and painting Prague panorama with the river and the park below. That was many years ago ... And of course I also remember her in her dailyness - cooking, doing the laundry by hand. Thinking of you today as every day, I miss you. Thank you for giving me the gift of self confidence and love. And happy Mother's Day to all Etsy moms.

  • vintagemaison

    Carol Dent from Vintagemaison said 7 years ago

    My Mum and I had our moments - we didn't share all that much - I was too independant and bossy, she very busy with my youger siblings and work. When I went back to university as an adult, I needed a subject about Alzheimer's and so asked my mother as she worked in a geriatric ward of a hospital. She arranged for me to go and spend some time there and to my amazement, this woman - my mother - who had been a part-time nurse, was now running a special unit - arts & crafts, as occupational and artistic therapy. She knitted and sewed, painted and glued, sang and danced with her patients. They adored her as did the other members of staff. She was deeply respected, her opinion was sought after, and her efforts with her patients made a difference to their lives. The blinkers fell from my eyes - I was so proud of her and it turned our relationship round to one of mutual respect and love. She's gone now of course - just over two years ago, and I miss her every day. But, I have my daughter who is just like a cross between Mum and me so I think of her as Mum's legacy. Happy Mother's Day to the USA moms - the British day has been and gone, and the French is in two weeks!


    PINKDOLLYS said 7 years ago

    I remember my mom every day and more so today because it's my birthday. Mom used to sing to me every year. She is resting now with the Lord and I miss her alot but I am thankful to God that he took her home after a long battle with her illness. I miss mom's smile, her smell, and her running her fingers through my hair. I may have grown up but mom always called us her babies and when ever I needed mom more she would still take me on her lap and hug me like a little girl. Aww, mom made me feel so loved and I miss her so much. She taught me so much and most of all taught me to love God with all my heart. I'm foreever thankful to God for such an amazing Mom! I Love you mom Happy Mothers Day. xoxo

  • susantique

    Susan from susantique said 7 years ago

    Growing up there wasn't money to splurge on holiday decorations so my Mom made her own. She created Christmas bell swags for all the windows using clusters of glitter covered paper cups tied together with ribbon. Small foil covered "dixie" cups were hung on the tree. We spent at least of week worth of evenings in front of the TV, stringing popcorn garland for the tree. The house was festooned with handmade bows and silver tinsel. It was pure magic. Later in life she taught herself to crochet and everyone, including my new husband, was presented with a warm, cozy pair of slippers on Christmas. I miss her so much and appreciate her more with every passing year.

  • NirvanaRoad

    Lisa from NirvanaRoad said 7 years ago

    The photo by Lisa Richards is a classic. Happy Mother's Day to all!!

  • hipsterhotel

    Hipster Hotel from HipsterHotel said 7 years ago

    My mother was always the rock in our family. Our home was warm, inviting, clean and beautifully decorated. She and my Dad raised 7 children with love and wisdom. She's now 83 and more lovely than ever. As a young gay boy I was made to feel loved and understood. She nurtured my innate talents, once buying an old piano and completely refinishing it herself, piece by piece, until the beauty of the natural cherry wood shone through. Then, I took piano lessons and excelled. How great is she and how lucky am I?!!

  • Akamatra

    Akamatra from Akamatra said 7 years ago

    She has tought me everything I know about crafting! I wish I could pass this knowledge to my kids. Happy Mother's Day to all!

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 7 years ago

    Happy Mothers Day everyone!!!

  • TheNorthWayStudio

    Maria B. from TheNorthWayStudio said 7 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day!!

  • TheresasGourmet

    Theresa Ryales from TheresasGourmet said 7 years ago

    Happy Mothers Day to all...

  • MoodsWingz

    Nina from MoodsWingz said 7 years ago

    I lost my mom 3 years ago. Mother's day is one of the days I miss her the most. She was everything to me and not a single day passes without me missing her. Lieve mama ik hou zoveel van jou!

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    Carolyn S. Miller from AutumnLeavesJewelry said 7 years ago

    Love reading these inspirational stories. My Native American grandmother showed me how to enjoy what she referred to as the "junk" store. Every time I enter one I go to my happy place :)

  • NinaRaizel

    Nina from NinaRaizel said 7 years ago

    Happy mothers day to all the mothers out there! I remember learning to knit from my mom. I was 6 and we were on a trip to visit the relatives in England. My mom started knitting a sweater on the long plane ride to keep herself occupied, and I was fascinated! I watched her move the needles together and create a wonderful textile. I asked repeatedly if she would teach me, and she promised that as soon as we found a craft store she would buy me my own yarn and needles, but she didn't want me touching her sweater. She did as she promised, and I've been knitting ever since!

  • silversamba

    Alana from silversamba said 7 years ago

    Lovely post, thanks. Happy Mother's Day!

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop from ThePattypanShop said 7 years ago

    My mother taught me to sew when I was very young. She created her own patterns just by looking at a picture. She loved to cook things from scratch and taught us the importance of good nutrition!!! Thanks Mom and Happy Mother's Day to all!!!

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 7 years ago

    My mom taught me to embroider and I have such happy memories of painting plaster-of-Paris Beatrix Potter figurines that she made using molds. A frog came out of a mold partially broken, so my incredibly artistic dad took it and then painted it with the most amazing froggy pattern. It's still in my mom's China cabinet.

  • LostInTheValley

    LostInTheValley from LostInTheValleyPhoto said 7 years ago

    Such a wonderful blog post! Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! My mom gave me the love of photography. My Memere taught me how to sew and how to garden! My grandma gave me my love of heirloom flowers. My motherly aunts gave me my appreciation for antiques and all things old! I'm so thankful for the women in my life! I love them all dearly!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    I went with my Mom to a 1700's farm, where under an old chestnut tree , my Mom and others were taught chair caning and upholstery. I Iearned young how to sew, knit and embroider. My mom sent me to art lessons in the Whistler House in Lowell, Ma. My Mom was amazing!

  • Aristocrafts

    Aristocrafts from Aristocrafts said 7 years ago

    Such an endearing post! I remember making fabric dolls and then dresses for those fabric dolls with my grandma, learning to knit with my grandma, and learning to sew and embroider with my mom. Such precious memories that I will cherish forever! Happy Mother's Day everyone!

  • glendalee

    glenda puhek from glendalee said 7 years ago

    My 91-year-old mom and I make our Barbie clothes together to sell in our Etsy shop. We don't have a lot in our shop because we do move slowly. But, my mom is a very creative person, and it is good for her to have time to sew—even when she has to redo areas in her sewing. It frustrates her, yet I'm so pleased that her standards are still in tact and she wants to 'get it the right way'. I never push her, redoing sewing is all her own process. That's the creative mom I grew up with: "If you're going to do something, do it well…" I'm grateful for the creative time I have with my mom.

  • GirlyForever

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  • cauliturtle

    Belly Chu from LaLaGrid said 7 years ago

    Happy mother's day.

  • SilverFoxDesigns6

    SilverFoxDesigns6 from SilverFoxDesigns6 said 7 years ago

    I remember when I was a small child, I always wanted to do what my mother was doing. As soon as I could stand on my feet, she and my grandmother stood me on a chair by the table and let me help with the baking - I had pans, cookie cutters, rolling pin, hand beater, etc. all scaled to my hands. When my mother was sewing, doing oil painting, or any other craft, I wanted to do it too, so she would set me up with what I needed and showed me what to do. It was our time. To this day, we still craft together. I treasure all the time I have with my mother, but these times are extra special.

  • JanJat

    Catherine from JanJat said 7 years ago

    The perfect post for Mother's Day! Thank you so much for all the lovely comments as well - many of them brought a tear to my eye :) I'm am fortunate that my mom and grandmother are still alive and still teaching me, creating with me and encouraging me in all my mad endeavors. They are my backbone. Happy Mother's Day :)

  • bottlebloomers

    Leanne Stock from ArtePlastique said 7 years ago

    My mom and I go to craft fairs and whisper, "we could make that" but we rarely did. It is fun shopping with her for unusual finds.

  • MTmaiden

    Helen N. Hanson from NonToxicSpiritArt said 7 years ago

    My mother was a docent at The Philadelphia Museum of Art since i was a child. i went to every art class she took until I was old enough to go to school. I spent countless hours walking all over the museum, it was without a doubt the best art education i ever received. Thanks Mom. even though you are gone beyond you left beyond a very grateful artist!

  • purlsofcolour

    Purls from purlsofcolour said 7 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day. What a lovely post. My mum gave me my love of history, politics and clothes, but the love for making things and working with fabrics and fibre came from my Dad.

  • maclancy

    Marianne Clancy from maclancy said 7 years ago

    happy mothers day! my mother had 11 children, isn't that enough? No it wasn't she had to make all our spring dresses and cook all meals from scratch every day and have time to give loving attention to us all. Every one of us gleaned some special creative talent from mom and that fact that all 7 of her girls either cook, sew, make jewelry, clothing or art is a testament to her and her wonderful skills and creativity! Moms are a wonderful thing. Lets hope the current generation will take the time to pass on their skills to their sons and daughters! hooray for moms!

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome from rosebudshome said 7 years ago

    Mom was so thrifty she recycled everything collected Christmas cards from everyone and made the most fantastic crafts from them, even cut up old clothes to use as rags and everything she did was for charity or Christmas bazzars. She was also one of the original founders of the Riddle Memorial Thrift Shop and volunteered there for 30 years. She would do more in a morning than what I could accomplish in a day. Oh by the way she had 5 great kids was a girl scout leader taught us right from wrong and made it look easy. I am proud that she is my Mother and I love her and all her selfless acts!

  • shantyirish

    Teresa from ShantyIrishVintage said 7 years ago

    great article - so important to lovingly acknowledge our mothers :) and those who have unselfishly loved us who weren't our blood mothers. this is my first year without my mom and it is really hard but her spirit is here with me and she is at peace. she was the most unconditionally loving woman i have ever known and i am forever blessed to have called her mom and known her unending love and devotion :) happy mothers day mom ... and to all variations of mom!

  • Shipella

    Grace from Shipella said 7 years ago

    I miss my mom's smile, her kind spirit and her genuine concern for all people. Mom taught me to love people and to see beauty in everyday things. My mom sacrificed to give my sister all that we needed. She had such a can do attitude and I learned from her that I could be anything that I set my mind to. She sewed our clothes, fixed things around the house, had a full time job and had energy to spare whenever someone needed her help. She molded me into the "maker" that I am today and I feel blessed to have had her in my life.

  • iworkartwork

    Irma Galindo from iworkartwork said 7 years ago

    Happy mother's Day! I'm still work with my mother, we crochet together when she is here visiting, she is far away now, but even by phone we talked about crafts," what are you doing now?", that is how our conversations start. In fact I have her work at my shop, I called "Mom's Productions". And I craft with my son too, he is very creative, we paint together and he gives me ideas about my amigurumis and paintings, some are totally his inspirations. My house is decorated with his paintings, now I'm trying to convince him to sell his crafts and paintings, may be one day he will have his own Etsy store!

  • tomsgrossmami

    Tom's Grossmami from tomsgrossmami said 7 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 7 years ago

    Awesome! My mother was from the founder of Mother's Day (Anne Jarvis) hometown, Grafton, WV. Shoutout for a great idea!

  • eleanorprieto1

    Eleanor Prieto from beescreations2 said 7 years ago

    Happy Mothers Day to all the Mothers, and our Mothers whom are in heaven.

  • dimplesdragonflies

    Terri Smith from DimplesDragonflies said 7 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day Everybody!♥

  • rarebeasts

    Brian McNamara from rarebeasts said 7 years ago

    Great stories. Happy Mother's Day.

  • Nemki

    Nemki from nemki said 7 years ago

    It's not mother's day here in the UK, but it's always wonderful to see people celebrating their mothers :) I enjoyed reading this article and the gratitude in the comments, it's beautiful. My mother is a writer, and without her I know I would have never had the practise, confidence and imagination to be an illustrator. x

  • LittleGreenCaravan

    ellie shorthouse from LittleGreenCaravan said 7 years ago

    my Grandma taught me to knit, to paint with watercolours and to love wholeheartedly, my Gran taught me to crochet to sew and to laugh, my Mummy taught me to use a sewing machine, to draw and to have insane amounts of patience! x

  • 777carolala

    Caroline Barbosa from OldSoulVintageLtd said 7 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day! I loved the reading other peoples sweet crafting memories. :)

  • theindiehandmade

    Ombretta from IndieLab said 7 years ago

    Happy mother's day! Love for all moms and their children! (and for dads too :) )

  • Motleycouture

    Motleycouture from Motleycouture said 7 years ago

    I remember my mother always having time to patiently teach me to crochet, knit or string beads. She always had a project going. Never idle hands. She taught me so much. Beautiful memories. Great feature! Thank you! Happy Mother's Day!

  • longlynette

    Lynette Long from YarnedTogether said 7 years ago

    What an awesome tribute! Happy Mother's Day to all & thank you for the enjoyable read! :)

  • TheModShop

    Polly Jones from TheModShop said 7 years ago

    Love reading about all the wonderful mothers and grandmothers. I was blessed with creative ones too. Thanks Etsy for putting my mom's picture in this wonderful article.

  • CharmingShopLove

    Marissa Howes from CharmingShopLove said 7 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day! What lovely memories and stories! Thanks for sharing. Moms are the best!

  • BemusingBaubles

    Sarah Laguna from BemusingBaubles said 7 years ago

    Awww...the first and third photos are so adorable. They make me smile. I didn't really learn any crafts from my mother, but I do remember learning to plant and care for a garden with her, and to can the fruits and vegetables so we could have them all year long. We lived a lot off that, and animals that my father hunted. It was very educational and grounding (is that the right word?) to see your food be grown and harvested, killed and filleted (although this may sound gruesome to some, I know).

  • GSStudioworks

    Gillian Smits from BellesBijouxDesigns said 7 years ago

    My mom taught me how to sew, knit, crochet, embroider, and do decoupage. We both share a love of drawing and painting. I went onto to become a photographer and design jewelry, but all my creativity comes from my mom! She is one of the most talented women I know and has always kept a beautifully decorated home, that is warm, loving and welcoming. In addition her cooking is out of this world! My mom lives really far away from me so I don't get to do creative activities with her, but she loves to see what I am doing on Etsy and has been my biggest fan. I can't thank her enough for encouraging me to follow my heart! Happy Mother's day to everyone here!

  • sallyamthor

    Sally A. Barone from sallybarone said 7 years ago

    My Mom always said she wasn't as creative as I am because she used to compare my drawing skills to hers, but she is one of the most creative people I know! She taught me at home from 5th grade through High School and it was amazing due to her imaginative ways of integrating learning and fun! She is also great at design and quilting, arranging furniture, painting rooms, and gardening--all requiring creativity! More than anything, she (along with Dad) gave me the encouragement and tools to become the artist I am. Thanks, Mommy! <3

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 7 years ago

    Super Picnic day !! Cheers to moms ~ everyone is someone's baby !!

  • AbleAprons

    Erika Kelly from PortlandApronCompany said 7 years ago

    My mom would lay me down on an open paper bag from the grocery store, and trace my figure while I was laying down on it. It was so exciting to see what I looked like when I stood up and examined her tracing. Then we would sew a new nightgown for me. It was the highlight of my week :-)

  • lovelygifts

    Linda from lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Great Post! Happy Mother's Day!

  • andiespecialtysweets

    Jason and Andie from andiespecialtysweets said 7 years ago

    Precious... thanks for this! Happy Mother's Day!

  • FauldsForge

    Heather McGuire from FauldsForge said 7 years ago

    My mom grew up in a household that discouraged arts and crafts as "too messy". When my sister and I were little she let us go absolutely crazy with the markers, glitter, reams of old computer printer paper (the kind with blue stripes and holes down the sides). She even made us homemade playdough! We were never without a creative outlet growing up. Was the kitchen table company ready at all times? Absolutely not. But we both ended up in artistic field and I attribute any speck of talent I have to my mom. She is such an inspiration. I hope to be that sort of mother to my own kids one day.

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 7 years ago

    My mom always let me make my decisions...I didn't realize I had a creative side until I grew up....She didn't know it either or I am sure she would have encouraged it...I could be whatever I wanted to be....She was very supportive... Happy Mother's Day!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 7 years ago

    I learned so much from my mom...sewing, embroidery, cooking, baking. She knitted and crocheted too. I was also inspired by my grandmother who painted, and decorated beautiful cakes. My mom allowed my sister and I to make things out of clay, paint, bake and decorate cookies and cakes, and generally make creative messes on a regular basis! She was so encouraging and helpful, and such a kind and empathetic soul. Honoring, missing, and loving my mom on Mother's day and always.

  • sherrywasala

    Sherry from RosesAndButterflies said 7 years ago

    Hi Mom, I Love you still! Even though you left in 2006, you are in my heart and always will be. I remember when you were ill and we had a real sharing and you looked at me and said 'you are my rock'! I was surprised, and I looked at you and said, no Mom, YOU ARE MY ROCK! After that, I said, I guess we are each others Rock! Everyday, we would give each other many hugs, and I sure miss that. You see, My Mom was also my Best Friend, so when she left, I lost two people in one. As I type this, tears are welling up in my eyes, but, I am OK. My Mom wasn't perfect, but, neither am I. For many days, months after she passed, I sent here 'hugs' through the Angels, as I would wrap my arms around myself, and say, " Mom, I love you and miss you and I am sending you a Kiss and a Hug, and the Angels are bringing it to you! Sometimes I would get a confirmation from the Angels that they would take it to her immediately and I would thank them for that. I learned so much from my Mom, like the love and appreciation of animals, especially 'Cats'. Love of gardening. Love of birds, butterflies, and trees! She used to make floral arrangements, and she was really quite good at it and it took me a long time until I would even try to make one, for she was good at many things. She taught me how to cook and bake, which was and has been so wonderful all my life. Thanks Mom for all of this! I love you, miss you and miss your essence and hugs! God Bless you always and forever, Your Dearest Daughter. Sherry!

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  • skyvalleyjewelry

    Jennifer from skyvalleyjewelry said 7 years ago

    Great memories, thanks for sharing.

  • MadebyZolla

    Aleksandra from MadebyZolla said 7 years ago

    I love your stories!! Cheers to moms all over the world!! I love my mum for everything she tought me, for her creativity and for that, that she is. The inspiration given by her will be always with me.

  • rosepearl

    Karen MacLean said 7 years ago

    my favorite memory is the first time i got to use my mother's sewing machine, a hefty, shiny black number with 'singer' in gold letters. my mother had prepared the fabric for a blue gingham dress for my favorite doll, mette, and i was allowed to sew the tiny seams on the singer machine, sew bias tape around the neck and armholes, and stitch them done by hand. how proud i was of that dress, and what a gift that first sewing lesson was! thank you, mother!

  • HouseofSparkle

    Kylie from HouseofSparkle said 7 years ago

    My mum taught me to believe in myself, she also taught me that not doing what you said you would do was the same as telling a lie. I now look after my mum full time after she had fairly horrific surgery for cancer, she thinks my shop is the most beautiful in the world. I just adore her.

  • jmtpierce1

    Jessica from mysticincarnation said 7 years ago

    Beeeeautiful. God Bless

  • MagpieWorkshop

    Jeanne Berg from MagpieWorkshop said 7 years ago

    What beautiful tributes to moms!! Thanks for sharing them.

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 7 years ago


  • leahleaf

    Leah Moses from Yumyo said 7 years ago

    so sweet!!

  • sukran

    Sukran Kirtis from SukranKirtisJewelry said 7 years ago

    Happy Mother's Day to everyone.. How interesting to think one day we are going to have vintage photos with my son in his grandchildren's album ...

  • GTDesigns

    renee and gerardo from GTDesigns said 7 years ago

    endearing posting!! a good day to all!!

  • bradleymaria

    Maria Bradley from MeryBradley said 7 years ago

    My passion from crafting definitely comes from my mother! I can remember her crafting with almost everything, and I used to stay there watching for hours and hours. Once when I was like 8years old, I asked her if I could use some tartan wool fabric I loved to make a pencil pouch. She gave me the fabric and a zip and I made the pouch all by my self from the beginning till the end. I can perfectly remember the scene, I spent the whole Sunday afternoon sitting in the grass sewing the pouch by hand. I can feel the fabric and my fingers getting wet while the sunset was closer and closer. I have never stopped sewing since then. We have also spent lots of knitting afternoons in the garden or in the chimney depending if it was summer or winter, and we have walked every place we visited looking for fabrics, wools, and new techniques. Some times we ask ourselves if we are "normal" or a bit crazy, and the answer is always the same: are we going to worry about that? Definitely not, because we really enjoy the passion we both share!

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 7 years ago

    Lovely post

  • Splendere

    Pearlie from Splendere said 7 years ago

    My mom was a seamstress who often worked all the way into the night to help provide for the family. There, I sat beside her and watched her paddle on her old sewing machine, toiling to make ends meet. From her, my love for handmade crafts was kindled. Although she had passed on, memory of her still stays closest to my heart. Soon it'll be another anniversary of her passing. I just want to say, "Thank you mom, for showing me the way!"

  • marziachiucchi

    Awa said 7 years ago

    Thanks Mom for all . Dear mother, I miss you so much. your beloved daughters

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 7 years ago

    Love this post!

  • alleygoodwin

    Alley Goodwin from BadHippieBoutique said 7 years ago

    My mom used to be a youth leader for 3 and 4 year olds. She would use anything to create crafts for her kids--egg cartons, communion cups, bits of string. She convinced me to start crafting miniatures and sewing on my own. She still proudly displays all my "treasures!"

  • knitsbycaitlin

    Caitlin Edge from knitsbycaitlin said 7 years ago

    <3 you mom!!!!

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 7 years ago

    Nice tribute to mothers!

  • realfaery

    realfaery from realfaery said 7 years ago

    Beautiful bunch of stories about mums

  • saronbrown

    Saron from SassyCandleFavors said 7 years ago

    MOTHERS ROCK!!!!! ;)

  • emberair

    emberair from EmberandAir said 7 years ago

    Beautiful pictures and memories!

  • kadydesigns

    Denise Vining from kadydesigns said 7 years ago

    I love the pictures!!! I learned so much from my Grandmother and Mother!!! My Grandmother taught me how to sew and I spent my summers at her house making things while she made her Little Red Riding Hood Dolls by Hand!! So many wonderful memories!! So thankful for my Mother and Grandmother!!!

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 7 years ago

    Beautiful stories and beautiful memories, an endless inspiration. Great and uplifting post!

  • JaradLIN

    Lin Christina from LilHouseOnTheFairy said 7 years ago

    This is SUCH a beautiful idea. The stories here from everyone posting and those in the blog are so touching especially from Shelly...paying tribute to her mom here. Mothers are SO incredibly important and in this day and age that gets overlooked and understated. Mom's make the freaking world go round. To my mom and all the moms who gave so much to us all....THANK YOU XOXOXOXOXOXO

  • JaradLIN

    Lin Christina from LilHouseOnTheFairy said 7 years ago

    My story: My mom taught me to be selfless because she gave SO MUCH to me. She taught me to be kind and caring by example. My mother is amazing artist, writer, and cook. She taught me how to make the most delicious grape leaves, hummus, labne, and tabouli. Most importantly she has always made me feel INCREDIBLY loved and so well cared for. Mom, I love you so much!!!!!!! BIG HUGS

  • handloomin

    Manju G from JaipurHandloom said 6 years ago

    truly inspiring. Love you mom so much!!

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 5 years ago

    inspiring story!

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